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Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Emma Bovary is bored. She’s bored with her humdrum life; married to a boring and mediocre doctor she lives under the burden that people judge her only relative to her husband and she struggles to find her own identity. ... Read review
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Madame Bovary (Collins Classics) - Gustave Flaubert

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Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" scandalised French bourgeois society of the time with its ... more

shocking depiction of an adulteress, Emma Bovary,
and her lascivious liaisons. The 19th-century
press denounced both the book and its author as
corrupting influences. History has exonerated
Flaubert and exposed the hypocrisy of a society
that would deny the existence of such women. Emma
Bovary, a young woman, newly married to a
provincial doctor, is dazzled when she attends her
first ball, attended by high aristocracy. With the
culmination of her romantic ideals realised, her
head is so filled with fanciful notions that she
never re-enters reality, until the damning
end:Before her wedding day, she had thought she
was in love; but since she lacked the happiness
that should have come from that love, she must
have been mistaken, she fancied. And Emma sought
to find out exactly what was meant in real life by
the words felicity, passion and rapture, which had
seemed so fine on the pages of the books.
Frustrated and bored by her marriage, Emma embarks
on a brief, rather touching affair with one young
man but soon, vulnerable and exposed, she is
fitting carrion for Monsieor Rodolphe, a serial
womaniser. Soon, Emma has not only ruined her own
reputation but destroyed that of her husband in
her ruthless bid for wealth and recognition. The
cast of characters, from passers-by to the
shopkeepers who take her money, act like the
chorus in a Greek tragedy. Seen through their eyes
and their reactions to her, Emma's downfall is
recounted but also society's intolerance. On the
surface, Flaubert provides a melodramatic morality
tale. Slyly, underneath it all, he is laughing.
Through his voyeuristic tale, with each salacious
detail recounted, he is wilfully subversive as he
points the finger not only at the guilty but at
those who would dare to judge. --Nicola Perry

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Madame Bovary (Vintage Classics) - Gustave Flaubert

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Paperback. Pub Date :2012-10-04 Pages: 384 Language: English Publisher: Vintage Childrens ... more

Classics Emma Bovary is an avid reader of
sentimental novels; brought up on a Normandy farm
and convent-educated. she longs for the passion of
romance. At first. Emma pins her hopes on
marriage. but life with her well-meaning husband
in the provinces leaves her bored and
dissatisfied. She seeks escape through extravagant
spending sprees and. eventually. adultery. As Emma
pursues her impossible reverie she seals her own
ruin and despair. Exquisite. moving. at times
ferociously satirical and always psychologically
acute. Madame Bovary remains one of the greatest.
most beguiling novels ever written.This stunning
new translation. by the celebrated novelist Adam
Thorpe. delicately and meticulously transposes the
rhythms. tone and poetry of Madame Bovary and
brings us closer to its shifting d...

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Pages: 384, Hardcover, Vintage Classics

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Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics) - Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics) - Gustave Flaubert

This text is an updated edition of Flaubert's classic tale. Emma Bovary is beautiful and ... more

bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre
doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial
life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she
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AdvantagesA great French classic

DisadvantagesAn unappealing heroine from my male viewpoint

"Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Emma Bovary is bored. She’s bored with her humdrum life; married to a boring and mediocre doctor she lives under the burden that people judge her only relative to her husband and she struggles to find her own identity. She fills her empty days reading chick-lit romance novels and shopping before embarking on a string of adulterous affairs trying to find a man who will love ..." Read review
01.06.2007

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The Ultimate tragic heroine?...

AdvantagesGreat characterisation, amazing descriptive style, effortlessly tragic

DisadvantagesDescriptive bombardment may not suit everyone!

"I have heard this book described as a great paradigm for modern feminism. Personally, Im not convinced. I spent half of my reading time trying to decide whether its female protagonist - Emma Bovary, is weak, feeble and manipulative or a passionate woman destroyed by the confinements of her sex along with those of 19th Century France. Emma Bovary is a tragic heroine - or is she? Flaubert's book begins with a description of its male protagonist (if ..." Read review
01.07.2005

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The original "Desperate Housewife"

AdvantagesSparkling prose, literary description at its best

DisadvantagesDon't expect a moral fairy tale…

"Madame Bovary is, in essence, an exploration of provincial boredom, and, ironically for one of the best loved of all nineteenth-century novels, the dangers of reading books. Published in 1857, it was a controversial novel causing a moral uproar that, before his subsequent acquittal, actually landed Flaubert in court. Despite this fracas, the novel became a trailblazing exploration of the themes of boredom, adultery and materialism, and is, therefore, ..." Read review
30.08.2005

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She's a bit of a Madame!

AdvantagesGood characterisation

DisadvantagesCharacters have become rather dated

"Indulge me a moment while I relate a short tale. More years ago than I care to remember, when I was at school, we were assigned, in a French oral class, the task of working in pairs, one of us taking the part of a police officer and the other a witness, to converse in French, asking for and giving the description of a person spotted at the scene of some fictitious crime. I worked with my friend Louise and, although this is blatant boasting, I have ..." Read review
29.03.2004

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From high hopes to disillusionment

AdvantagesApparently a literary classic; some excellent characterisations

DisadvantagesFairly predictable plot

"On the face of it, this looks like being a really good read. The cover (I read the Oxford World's Classics edition) tells the reader how the book is a landmark of world literature; how it marked a great shift in French literature; etc, etc. So you set about it with high hopes. The book tells the story of Emma Bovary, a country doctor's wife who becomes increasingly disillusioned and bored with her life and her husband. She seeks escape in a series ..." Read review
01.08.2000

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Emma Bovary is the beautiful, frustrated wife of a provincial doctor. Torn between fantasy and reality, Emma, mesmerising to the opposite sex, embarks upon love affairs which belie her class aspirations, but are true to her soul. "Madame Bovary" is a compelling portrayal of the intensity of human passion, a characteristic which is Emma's greatest attribute, yet one which ultimately leads to tragedy.

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Type Fiction
Genre Classics
Title Madame Bovary
Author Gustave Flaubert
ISBN 207041311X
EAN 9782070413119

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